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Wi-LAN unveils broadband wireless product for ITS apps

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Wi-LAN unveils broadband wireless product for ITS apps

During the ITS World Congress 2004 in Nagoya, Japan, Wi-LAN Inc. launched Mobilis, said to be the first commercially available two-way broadband wireless product designed for a high-speed mobile environment.

Wi-LAN, a provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, is initially targeting Mobilis at the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) market. ITS wireless applications include real-time video surveillance, streaming advertising and hotspot Internet access for passengers.

To be made available in the middle of next month, Mobilis is claimed by the company to be the first product of its kind to deliver on the mobile broadband wireless promise of IEEE Standard 802.16e, the standard that the WiMAX Forum expects to certify in 2006. Using its patented W-OFDM technology, Wi-LAN has been testing and demonstrating broadband wireless in a high-speed mobile environment for several years.

"Mobilis is an extremely significant breakthrough for Wi-LAN and the broadband wireless industry in general," commented President and CEO Dr. Sayed-Amr (Sisso) El-Hamamsy. "It is the first product to address the real world need for onboard video security on transit vehicles with the capability to also offer value-added passenger services such as mobile hotspots.

El-Hamamsy added, "We are the only vendor to release a commercial product with the demonstrated ability to deliver such high data throughput with seamless handoff for use in a high-speed environment."

Mobilis delivers broadband wireless access at speeds that can exceed 110km/h. It features Sequential Soft Fast Handoff, which translates to uninterrupted service for mobile mission-critical security applications, and seamless access for transit passengers who wish to catch up on email or browse online news during their commute.

Additionally, Mobilis delivers a dynamic link with bandwidth of up to 32Mbps, making it suitable for bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming video and Internet browsing, while also delivering low latency. Mobilis' relatively small antenna makes it a more practical and attractive solution for transit vehicles than larger satellite dishes, Wi-LAN added.

For more information, visit the company's website.

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